Nero Wolfe is stunned when Archie Goodwin reveals evidence of his impending engagement. However, Archie is no less shocked when accompanying his so-called fiancée to a Christmas party by the murder of their host.



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Episode cast overview:
Colin Fox ...
Lily Rowan
Margot Dickey
Cherry Quon
David Schurmann ...
Alfred Kiernan
Emil Hatch
Leo Jerome
Nicky Guadagni ...
Mrs. Perry Porter Jerome
Robert Bockstael ...
Kurt Bottweil
R.D. Reid ...


Archie shocks Nero by informing him of his forthcoming engagement to beautiful Margot Dickey. The announcement will be made officially at a Christmas party hosted by avant-garde designer Kurt Bottweil. To Archie's surprise at the party, Margot now intends to marry Bottweil, not him, but before the evening is over, the designer lies dead, poisoned after drinking his favorite liquor. Although everyone at the party is a potential suspect, immediate suspicion falls on the unknown actor in the Santa Claus suit who mysteriously disappeared during the excitement. After Archie returns to the brownstone, Wolfe reveals to him that he was the enigmatic figure in the Santa outfit. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Action | Drama | Mystery




Release Date:

1 July 2001 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Archie Goodwin recognizes that Saul Panzer has been at the office by recognizing Panzer's cigarette butts in his ashtray. However, in every other episode of the series, Wolfe forbids anyone from smoking in his house. See more »


Margot Dickey: [cattily interrupting Lily and Archie dancing] Archie's such a good dancer. Are you his Monday night partner?
Lily Rowan: Ah, yes.
Margot Dickey: I'm Wednesdays.
Lily Rowan: Monday nights - regular as pot roast in a diner.
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Quirky Behavior
Written by Brian Morris
OM 108:10
With Cramer and the suspects gathered in the office, Wolfe pours and downs a glass of beer
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